Last night, I finally put the Figure 9s on my tarp according to the instructions for "fixed end system" in the little leaflet. It was pouring down rain pretty hard, but I really wanted to spend the night in the hammock. And I thought the Figure 9s would make setup quicker... As I put in the final stake for the side guy-outs, there was a gust of wind and the ridgeline collapsed.
I first thought that the end of the line must have come out of the teeth on one of the Figure 9s. That was not the case. The whole thing just slid along the line. I tried to retighten, but it would just keep slipping with very little resistance. I ended up tying a knot, and the Figure 9's held fine all night in the rain and wind.
I was using braided mason line from Home Depot. I had tested the Figure 9s with this line before, and they did not slip when loaded. The test, of course, was with dry line only. Bit of a bummer to have something fail under the conditions where you need it most!
Has anybody else seen this happen? How do you tie your Figure 9s on the ridgeline?
Oh, btw, I am using the small Figure 9s.